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Mandela: The Official Exhibition

Now open through May 26
Take a personal journey through the life of the world’s most iconic freedom fighter and political leader, Nelson Mandela.

Building Buddies

Now Open!
Building Buddies is now open, Inviting families to embark on a delightful journey of exploration and creativity.
Visitors Exploring Fashion and Nature Exhibit

Fashion + Nature

Examine the relationship between the natural world and the fashion industry.


We’re excited to share exhibitions and events designed to inspire.

Chaffee Planetarium

Don’t miss out on stellar shows  including Starlight Safari, The Queen Light Show, Living Worlds, and our latest planetarium presentation, Anishinaabe Star Knowledge.

Sensory Sunday, July 14

On Sensory Sundays, the Museum adjusts light and sound in exhibits to accommodate visitors with sensory processing needs from open to close, sponsored by Custer. 

Register for Camp Curious

Camp Curious General Registration is now open! Sign your campers up for unforgettable summer experiences with history, science, and culture.

GR Stories: Loving in Grand Rapids

Celebrate Loving Day by learning more about the impact of Loving vs. Virginia (1967) with a panel of local families whose relationships were affirmed by the court decision.

The GRPM boasts one of Michigan’s largest collections of historical and cultural artifacts and scientific specimens that tell the stories of West Michigan and the wider world.

Explore the Community Collections with 250,000+ Artifacts & Specimens.

Build Your Ideal Museum Field Trip.

Including free and affordable onsite and virtual programming to connect to curriculum and inspire curiosity.

Become a Member.

Take Your Curiosity to the Next Level!

  • Free admission every day of the year
  • Discounts to planetarium shows, camps and more
  • Free admission to 300+ museums and science centers nationwide
  • Free parking in the Museum’s ramp
  • Pays for itself in less than 2 visits

Late Opening Notice.

On Saturday, May 11, the Museum will open at 12 p.m. due to road closures for the Amway River Bank Run.

Early Closure Notice.

The Museum will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 for Museum Adventure After Dark. Tickets are still available!